This event has now finished.
  • Date and time: Friday 4 October 2019, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: Room K/122-3 - Huntington Room, King's Manor, Exhibition Square (Map)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Department of Language and Linguistic Science Lecture

Please note the change in venue from that previously advertised. 

This talk will compare the results of analysis of speech recordings with younger (aged 18-24) and older (aged 50+) York residents, with a special focus on the intonation patterns which are a feature of the Yorkshire accent. We will discuss how intonation patterns naturally change over time, just like other features of local accents and dialects, and also briefly review research evidence which suggests that ability to speak more than one dialect is as beneficial for brain function as ability to speak more than one language. This event is part of the York 50+ Festival 2019 organised by the York Older People's Assembly. 

Dr Sam Hellmuth

Dr Sam Hellmuth is an expert on intonation patterns in English and other languages and has appeared on Radio 4’s Word of Mouth on The Music of Speech.

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Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop


Sam Hellmuth